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My Road to 26.2

Prior to running the marathon I ran a yearly 5k on thanksgiving just to eat more and see if I could still do it. I watched Erika's Lighthouse runners two years ago at the Chicago marathon and loved the energy of the day. Of course Erika's Lighthouse is near and dear...

What “13 Reasons Why” Did Right…and Wrong

by Emily McGlawn, Digital Marketing Director I'll admit it...”13 Reasons Why” was binge-worthy. In terms of pure entertainment value, this show is great. Unfortunately, this show left a lot to be desired in terms of depression awareness and suicide prevention....

Running for charity really is that easy…and rewarding

You’ve been thinking about running more. You’ve done some in the past, but it was hard to stay motivated. Sure, the right mix of songs or audio books helps pass the time, and you know you need to exercise more. But finding the motivation to get out there is just hard...

Field of Dreams Fundraiser

It's that time of year again. It's the Erika's Lighthouse spring fundraiser! This year's theme is "Field of Dreams," as we will be paying homage to America's favorite pastime, with nods to nostalgic baseball decor, refreshments, auction items and more! The event will...

“Press Play” – The Benefit of Play for Your Mental Health

Games can change the way we think and act in our real lives. Play is not only enjoyable, but it can improve mental health, boost creativity, and foster relationships. The beneficial aspects of games and play are explored in the Ted Radio Hour segment “Press Play,”...

Riding the Wave: DBT and Distress Tolerance

A surfer doesn’t fight the powerful ocean wave; he moves with the wave riding its natural tide. “Riding the wave” is also a psychological practice of surfing your own powerful and negative emotions. Rather than fighting sadness, anger and other negative emotions, it’s...

Re-framing the Depression Narrative

Not very long ago, cancer—the big “C”—was a word people only whispered. Though it was common and it was serious, it was also very stigmatized, much like mental illness is today. Once treatments became more effective and people who had cancer started living in...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: Mental Health Policy

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Clinician’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A School Counselor’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Mother’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Young Man’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

Antidepressants and Your DNA

When diagnosed with depression, talk therapy is the first recommended form of treatment. If symptoms are severe and present even after a few months of therapy, medication is then added to the treatment plan. Taking an antidepressant is a lot like filling your car with...

How to Cope with Feeling Down During the Holidays

Although the holidays are filled with sights and sounds of happiness and cheer, often, many of us are left feeling less than joyful around the holiday season that stretches from Thanksgiving to the New Year. This common experience is often the compilation of spending...

Social Media & Teen Mental Health

Social media has taken the world by storm. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have dramatically impacted the way we communicate. You can see what someone is doing instantly or tell the world what you’re thinking in a moment with a tweet, as long as your thought...